Imaging Infrared System with Extended Depth of Field Focusing

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$746,489.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911NF-06-C-0003
Agency Tracking Number:
A045-005-0129
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
A04-T005
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
GEORGE, GABEL AND CONNERS IMAGING SYSTEM
99 Whitewood Lane, Rochester, NY, 14618
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
149820909
Principal Investigator:
Conger Gabel
Chief Executive Officer
(585) 261-7995
cgabel@mindspring.com
Business Contact:
Conger Gabel
Chief Executive Officer
(585) 261-7995
cgabel@mindspring.com
Research Institution:
ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Mustafa Abushagur
77 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY, 14623
(585) 475-2295
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The objective of this project is to commercialize the Dual Band Extended Depth of Field Telescope System that is an innovative optical detection and imaging system that allows battlefield imaging through smoke, dust and fog obscurants in the 10 micron wavelength range. The system employs a dual band, multi-mode, diffraction-limited, infrared and visible telescope that can operate either in a passive mode or in an active mode using 10.6 micron laser illumination. This is the first system of its kind including the following innovative capabilities: 10 times improvement in the depth of field as compared to standard optical systems, uncooled microbolometer array for ease of operation, elimination of cat’s eye reflection, use of narrow band filter in the active mode of operation to improve signal to noise performance, and computer controls for automated operation. The system is small, portable and designed for battlefield environments. The primary mirror is 10 inches in diameter. Low cost is achieved through small size and use of state of the art commercially available components. The system operates in the range from 0.2 km to infinity with a minimum of focus adjustment required because of the extended depth of field capability. A closer range of operation is possible with one focus adjustment.

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